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A Dream of the FutureRace, Empire, and Modernity at the Atlanta and Nashville World's Fairs$
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Nathan Cardon

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190274726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190274726.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.1) Introduction
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A Dream of the Future
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Nathan Cardon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190274726.003.0001

The introduction argues that the Atlanta and Nashville international expositions were spaces through which white and African American southerners exhibited themselves as modern citizens committed to joining the nation in an imperial future. For the New South ideologues who backed the fairs, the expositions were more than celebratory carnivals advertising the region’s resources; they were didactic events that would modernize the region’s rural population and convince the world of the South’s modernity. The introduction contextualizes the fairs within the New South, provides a history of Atlanta and Nashville as quintessential New South cities, offers a definition of modernity, and poses the question of why mass and speed were alien to turn-of-the-century southerners.

Keywords:   New South, international expositions, Atlanta, Nashville, modernity, progress, Cotton States and International Exposition, Tennessee Centennial Exposition

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